One Touch. That’s all it takes! That’s what the woman in Luke 8:43-48 believed. This woman had suffered for 12 long years with a seemingly incurable blood issue. She had tried every source that seemed natural to try. She had tried all the physicians of her day. I would imagine that she had tried all of the natural home remedies. She probably even tried all of the essential oils. Trying all of these various sources meant that she had used all of her financial means too. Her physical maladies led to the creation of her financial maladies. Have you ever heard the saying, “When it rains, it pours?” This woman knew the reality of compounding problems.
Again though, she had tried all of the possible solutions of the natural world; now, it came time to approach the supernatural world. Word had surely spread about the miracles of Jesus, and this woman had heard hope in those miracle stories. In fact, she became so confident in the power of Christ that she believed that if she could simply get close enough to touch his clothing that she would be healed.
Notice that the power to heal is not in the clothing of Christ! Rather, Jesus directly attributes her healing to her faith, or her belief that he could heal her. She could have touched his shoe, his hand, his hair, his walking stick, or she could have not touched him at all. The point is her belief that if she did touch him, then she would be healed. Now, pay attention to the object of her faith. It was not her disease, or her physician appointment later that week. Often times we pray about the appointment with the surgeon or the doctor that is coming up. She didn’t even mention the disease or the doctors to Jesus. She simply wanted to touch Jesus. This is remarkable to me!
How strong is your faith? How strong is my faith?
Have you ever even been quite so desperate? I’m not sure that I have. I wonder what it would take for me to have such complete trust and faith in Christ, that if I can just get close enough to touch him. I confess that I’m actually afraid to find out.
Some of you know exactly where this woman was. You’ve been battling a sickness for a dozen years, or even more. Perhaps a loved one has been in the battle. You are desperate. You’ve been to every doctor in the region, even across the state. You’ve spent nearly every dime on doctor’s bills. Maybe it financial, medical, or even marital, but you have exhausted all of the natural means of healing. What about the supernatural? Just trust Jesus.
Jesus will always heal the believer. Now, let me qualify this statement a bit. Not every Christian will be healed of their physical sickness in this life. But every believer will spend eternity in a perfect paradise, on a new earth, where sin will have no effect, nor presence (Rev. 21:1-5). The Bible is clear that when we see Jesus we will be like him (1 John 3:2). We will be perfectly healed. Thus, I can say with confidence that Jesus will always heal the believer. I can also say with confidence that sometimes Jesus will heal the believer in this life. I can point to several folks in Scripture that Christ physically healed. There is certainly no guarantee though; ask the Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 12:7-9).
Let me challenge you to trust Jesus. Let me challenge you to trust Jesus alone. Not just to trust Him in your doctor’s meeting this week, but to simply try to get close to Jesus. I’m not saying that you should neglect physicians or worldly means of healing. Please don’t do that. I am saying that you should try to get close to Jesus. Just to touch him! Imagine touching Jesus and experiencing his healing. Just one touch.